Archbold-Mitchell Specialty Clinic Offers Free Prostate Screenings

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Archbold-Mitchell Specialty Clinic Offers Free Prostate Screenings

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The American Cancer Society estimates that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. It's predicted that 233,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed this year, and about 29,480 men will die from this disease in 2014.

Experts say risk factors include age, family history, ethnicity and overall health.

Though prostate cancer is a serious disease, most men diagnosed  will not die from it. In fact, more than 2.5 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.

“Prostate cancer can be found early and in its most treatable stages through two different screening tests,” said Archbold Memorial Hospital medical oncologist Teresa Coleman, MD. “A test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a man's blood is often used along with a physician exam, referred to as a digital rectal exam (DRE) that is performed to check the prostate gland for abnormal growth or enlargement.”

On Tuesday, September 30, healthcare providers will offer free prostate cancer screenings from 3:30pm until 5pm at the Archbold-Mitchell Specialty Clinic located on US 19 North in Camilla. Results for all tests will be provided at no cost to participants as a clinical outreach effort supporting Archbold’s core value of Community Benefit.

"Early detection is the key to successful treatment for most types of cancer," said Dr. Coleman.

For more information on the free prostate cancer screening, call (229) 584-5520.